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REPORT: Compulsory Treatment (in NZ) for Substance Dependence: A Review of the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966

See on Scoop.itDrugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice

The Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966 should be repealed and replaced by a new regime for the compulsory treatment of severe substance dependence. The objectives of the proposed regime for compulsory treatment of people with severe substance dependence should be:

·· to protect them from harm and restore their capacity to make their own decisions about their future substance use;

 

·· to stabilise their health through medical treatment (including supported
withdrawal);

 

·· to facilitate a comprehensive assessment of their dependence;

 

·· to facilitate the planning of ongoing voluntary treatment and aftercare; and

 

·· to give them an opportunity to engage in voluntary treatment.

Julian Buchanan‘s insight:

Published in 2010 – but as more countries across the world: reframe drugs as a health issue; see dependence as a disease; and endorse compulsory and coercive treatment – I thought this might be useful.

See on www.lawcom.govt.nz

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